Debates surrounding De Villiers’s absence from Test cricket have spread among former cricketers on social media platform twitter and the debate turned bitter.
Former South Africa players Herschelle Gibbs and Ashwell Prince have slammed AB De Villers for his continued absence from Test cricket and insinuated that he is disrespecting his teammates.
After skipper Faf du Plessis said this week that de Villiers had "earned the right to do whatever he wants to" in regards to his playing future, Gibbs slammed the current captain for "putting a player on a pedestal!", reports cricket.com.au.
Gibbs kept comparing De Villiers to legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis and nsaid ‘nobody is bigger than the game. He also kept reminding that Kallis achieved more than De Villiers but never treated the team in this way.
Former player and now national cricketer Ashwell Prince weighed in on the subject.
Du Plessis confirmed this week that while de Villiers had not officially retired from the five-day game, he was not expected back in the white clothing any time soon.
"The last time I spoke to him, he wasn’t keen to play yet again," Du Plessis said. "So from my point of view I’m not expecting him to come back.
"Whether we win or lose people always want AB to play, because he is the best player in the team.